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  1. says:

    Since the Knights Templar is a subject I know very little about, and have an interest in, this book appealed to me The author has a good reputation for historical fact within the fiction so I thought it would be reliable It definitely had a strong historical context The plot follows a boy named William who is a sergeant that hopes to become a knight The story is complicated by his love interest, Elwen, and the vows of knighthood which preclude romantic involvement or marriage The story follows Will and his friend Garin as they progress through the world of the Crusades It shifts at times to the Saracen perspective and follows the ruthless Baybars I found the conflict and themes interesting in light of many of our modern day struggles and conflicts both around the world and within our own borders here in America between Islam and Christianity When the story slows down and focuses on specific characters and their individual situations, such as William the would be knight or Baybars the would be conqueror, it grabbed my attention At times it seemed to skim the surface of events in order to move the story forward, even taking large leaps of time forward and aging characters while summarizing situations For large scale stories I know this is often a necessity it s just not my favorite type of story The author does make it work in this case however, I still felt it took a time to pull me back into the plot The occasional fast forward style seemed to create space between the world of the characters and the one I live in which reduced the immersive feel of the read for me Immersiveness is what I really enjoy when I read Reading is my temporary entry into another world within my mind that allows me a complete escape from the world around me at least when I find a good author.This author definitely does do that at times maybe it is the limitations of the genre that force the situational detachment I felt, or maybe it was just me She does manage to pull me back in time and time again, sometimes quickly and sometimes not for a few dozen pages.The ending left me wondering what will happen to both the individual characters as well as the groups and organizations that are involved in the story There is treachery, murder, savagery and a little bit of mayhem now and again interspersed at various intervals Nothing really intense or overwhelming there is just enough to remind the reader that the world the characters live in is unpredictable and violent I struggled with rating it 3 stars or 4, but settled on 4 because ultimately I did like it and I want to stick with it.


  2. says:

    It has taken me a long time to read book one in this Brethren trilogy Which is unusual for me, seeing as Robyn Young is one of my favourite authors and I loved her Insurrection trilogy and I really enjoyed book one, Sons of the Blood, in her new trilogy, New World Rising.I think I avoided Brethren for so many years because of regular comments from fellow readers on it being romance based than the trilogies mentioned above Having now read Brethren, I am surprised that people say this I did not find it romance heavy at all Not to the stage where it would put off a reader who does not enjoy romance There is a relationship between two young characters that develops into something stronger as they grow up, but I never found it romancy nor melodramatic It took me a while to get into the read due to maybe a third of the book being consumed by characters as children and young adults Now this, of course, is personal taste It is neither a negative about the book or a fatal story wrecker, it is just that, no matter how much I like or love the author s work, I never like hanging around in the child or young adult phases and I felt Brethren dwelled there too long I prefer stories set around adults doing adult things, viewing life through an adult s eyes, talking in adult voices.This is not going to be my favourite Young novel, I mean, how can this strong debut ever compare to the beauty of the Insurrection trilogy It just cannot, for the simple fact that it is indeed a debut By a younger Robyn Young With Insurrection, the author was older, wiser, experienced as a writer She had obviously learned a lot about herself Learned how she wanted to write and in what voice her stories should be told Brethren is Robyn Young in training wheels She was not quite ready for aerial flips, tyre grabs and tailwhips.Still, it is a decent, solid read It had its moments where I maybe didn t want to pick it up, and then it had its moments where I could not wait to pick it up.With a tale split between the Templars in the west and the Mamluks in the east, and then the coming together of both medieval super powers, it is drawn out as a very detailed and intelligently done plot with sub plot aplenty It had a lot of promise and I look forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy, Crusade and Requiem I ve heard good things about them both and I will try to slot them into my reading schedule this year or early next year.


  3. says:

    This could and should have been so much better All the necessary elements seem to be there for a great memorable story only for it to disappoint and frustrate far than invigorate or appeal To use an analogy, imagine having all the right ingredients for a delicious cake, mix them together, bake and getting an undercooked barely edible biscuit instead.The author manages the notable feat of taking five hundred long pages to achieve less than what others have in two thirds as many pages Young seems to prefer maintaining a meandering non committal approach throughout the story than actually giving the reader something to energise intrigue them, or someone to connect or at the very least empathise with.As it stands, the most interesting character in the book is actually the main antagonist, Baybars, who hardly has an chapters dedicated to him in comparison to the hero whom you re supposed to care about.The book is decidedly overlong, to the extent that it becomes a chore to even care any about even finishing the story by around 3 4s of the way through with another 100 pages still to go.There s also some pretty lazy storytelling and plot manoeuvres to contend with such as at height of danger hero gets supposed message from heroine to meet her in place she d never go, which neatly delivers him into the hands of the villains, or telling notable chunks of the story in hazy recollections in passing rather than actually include them in the action, especially when some of them are the most interesting parts of the story Overall very disappointing as there s a tangible sense that this could have been so much better if the author had only cut out of the dead wood and, well, got on with it.It s not been bad enough to put me off trying again with the series but episode 2 will have to seriously pick up it s game for me to stay with it.


  4. says:

    Brethern was a good book I don t particularly find it amusing to read historical fiction books but I loved this book because actual events from history are also included I loved the writing, it did not bore me one single bit even though it was detailed Despite the fact that it s been written by a Christian author, the events are actually accurate and I did not see for the most part any bias, which really amused me I even went as far as comparing the events to my own historical references and to my surprise they agreed with the majority of the events of the book Again I am noting that the book is both fiction mixed with non fiction, and the non fiction part is what I am saying is accurate, the non fiction part though I was not very keen about and did not really care for the characters or what was going on with them, but I like how everything was put together by the end of the book.


  5. says:

    Comecei este livro com boas expectativas pois sempre me senti muito curiosa sobre as cruzadas e os templ rios Gostei da forma como a narrativa foi sendo tecida e da mesma ter v rios pontos de vista oscilando entre Londres, Paris e a Palestina de forma a dar nos uma vis o o mais completa e global poss vel Quanto s personagens vale a pena referir William, um jovem escoc s que serve como sargento templ rio em New Temple Everand um padre algo temperamental que oculta um segredo que pode trazer muitos problemas Ordem e Baibars, um antigo escravo que se tornou general, cujo objectivo expulsar dos crist os da Palestina Estes tr s personagens conseguiram cada um sua maneira conquistar me A Irmandade foi sem d vida um livro entusiasmante recheado de intriga, guerra, fanatismo que ainda nos reserva v rias surpresas.


  6. says:

    Una dintre seriile mele preferate Te distruge, incet.


  7. says:

    BRETHREN, the first entry in Robyn Young s acclaimed epic trilogy about the travails of a young man on the path to becoming a Templar knight during the disastrous end of the Crusades, is full of interesting details and twisting plot lines Will Campbell, the hero of the story, is a youth damaged by a tragic event which has torn his family apart As he struggles to gain his knighthood in the Templar Order, where he s been assigned by his father, who s taken Templar vows and left for service in the besieged Holy Land, Will befriends a fellow knight in training, Gavin, as well as a mysterious young woman named Elwen These fateful friendships, combined with a stolen secret book and the raging vengeance of the Mamluk sultan, Baybars, who has determined to wrest all Christian holdings in Palestine, begin as separate plot threads that are slowly woven into a story that is part thriller and part historical adventure, and, despite its daunting length, quite entertaining Though its Da Vinci Code blurbs advertise the book s mass commercial appeal, in truth there is little similarity between Brown s ubiquitous contemporary novel and Ms Young s meticulously researched account of the final years of the Crusades as seen through both Christian and Muslim eyes The ploy of the secret book drives the plot far less than the historical events surrounding it, and while the story is male focused Young knows how to write a battle scene , there is plenty here to interest readers of both sexes Her portrayal of Baybars, in particular, is mesmerizing from the star shaped defect in the sultan s eye to his intense drive to avenge his race, he captures our awe and even empathy in spite of his savagery Other characters are equally well drawn, including some memorable walk ons from a suave, predatory Prince Edward, son of Henry III, and the crotchety, sage old priest who holds the secret of the Brethren There is even a tantalizing hint of controversy in the stable groom Simon s unrequited friendship with Will.Being the first of three books, BRETHREN leaves us hanging, and eager to start the second installment, CRUSADE.


  8. says:

    The historical research done by this author is obvious in the story and she should be given credit for doing a great job on it however, I just could not connect with the characters The main character was too weak and the conversations between him and his other teenage friends sounded like modern day teenagers While most of the chapters started with beautiful description of the landscape etc., sometimes they just seem out of place It was like a mix match of scenery and characters This was my first book by this author so am not sure whether I am rating her too harshly and need to read her other books to change my mind.


  9. says:

    I wasn t really sure what to expect from Brethren as I hadn t read a synopsis beforehand Sometimes I find that adds to the book as it means I go into it with an open mind Also, given my very rigid list of books to read, Brethren sneaked in by simply being I quite fancy a read of that as I walked past the bookshelf That, for me, is quite rare All I knew was that it involved the Knights Templar and the crusades.I was fascinated, then, to discover that the book is not simply an us and them Templars and Muslim thing It also falls blessedly short of the almost inevitable these days Dan Browning of the Templars There is a tendency now to see them as a mystical, secretive, barely Christian bunch with demon worship etc Since I personally believe that they were likely mostly good hearted and pious men who also happened to be shrewd business managers, the whole creepy thing just annoys me.Robyn has built up, instead, a secret sect within the Templars, using the mysteries surrounding the order and its eventual fall, to create secrets within secrets while still avoiding the pit trap of Templar weirdness and demon worship The Templars in Brethren are like an onion, layers within layers, and as you would expect it is only toward the end of the book when you start to get a glimpse of what is at the heart of this sect I was most pleased to find that what could have been said demon worship, weirdness and even supernatural guff was, instead, exactly what I ve always thought could have been the case a deep level of understanding and acceptance that goes far beyond the simple Christian message.I will try to give nothing away Some reviews I ve seen on the book say that the writing style is rigid and slow, the book too protracted and the characters a little wooden I found the writing to be easy enough and flow well, myself I suspect the style eases into the second book It is, after all, a debut, and any writer s style only settles with a second book, but I had no issue with the style.I did find some of the characters traits a little obvious or expected I wouldn t say they were wooden or one dimensional or anything like that, but one of the other reviewers said they are a tad under developed and I can see where they have come up with this decision I assume, though, that this is a facet of this being the first book in a trilogy and that the characters will continue to grow and deepen.I did find the book a long one to go at, I have to say, not that it was a problem I enjoyed every page of the story.I will certainly be reading the rest of the series.


  10. says:

    Set in period between the Seventh and Ninth Crusades, Brethren purports to tell the story if the Crusades from both the East s and the West s points of view The West s version is told through the tale of Will, training to follow in his father s footsteps as a Knight in the Order of the Templar, while the East s view is depicted through the tale of Mamluk Sultan of Egypt, Baybars.The Templars, as usual the subject of speculation and rumours of secret societies, are here given a secret Order within and Order, the Brethren of the title, who s existence, and the existence of the while Templar order, is threatened by the theft of a book, the recovery of which is behind the main plot lines in the book.The premise is a good idea imperfectly executed The story itself feels overlong when the hero gets into yet another scrape, it begins to feel unnecessary, the plot being held back rather than moved forward Having said that, there also appear to be sudden halts in narrative, tales half told then rushed to a conclusion by moving the time of several months at the turn of a page and recounting events in the meantime in a few paragraphs leaving me feeling short changed Perhaps it is not that the book is overly long, but the decisions regarding what should be left in and what taken out were poorly made.Adding to the feeling of unnecessary length are frequent passages of superfluous detail It is important to set a scene, and sometimes Young does this beautifully, but at others, her words do not add anything to the scene Again, poor editing decisions.I also had difficulty relating to the lead character I feel he is poorly drawn, his motivation not fully explored, making his actions at time seem odd Other Westerners are similarly hollow, almost caricature, with thought and feeling eluded to but never fully explored Simon the groom is a prime example.The one character who did have substance was Baybars It is unfortunate that the balance of the book is favoured towards the West, as I would have liked to have read of this character Perhaps he gets airtime in the later books in this trilogy


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